A special meeting has been taking place in Poole today over plans for a giant windfarm off the Dorset coast. It's been a last chance for people to comment about the Navitus Bay project before the council decides whether to support the scheme.
The three billion pound windfarm would include nearly 200 turbines, each 200 metres high. It would be located 13 miles off Poole and 11 miles from the Needles.
But there are major concerns over the windfarm's impact on tourism and the environment. As Richard Slee reports.
A meeting to discuss plans for a wind farm off the Dorset coast could be one of the largest ever. Organised by Bournemouth Council.
It's thought more than one thousand people will attend on Saturday to hear from both supporters and critics of the Navitus Bay proposal. If it went ahead it would see more than one hundred and ninety turbines in the Solent.
Sailors fighting plans to build a 200 turbine windfarm are meeting today in Christchurch. Opponents of the Navitus Bay wind farm say it will be seen from Poole, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight and cause navigation problems. But it could power almost 800,000 homes.
Developers are today offering the public a chance to submit their views on wind park proposals across the south.
The public will have a chance to talk to the Navitus Bay project team about proposals at a series of exhibitions across eight locations in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The consultation which run until 11th October and is a culmination of more than three years of environmental work.
The documents will set out the potential impacts of the project and the proposed measures to minimise these effects during the construction and operation.
Almost 2,000 people attended our last round of consultation events and we are hoping that many more will come to the September exhibitions to let us know what they think about our findings and assessments. All the responses we receive will be analysed independently and will help inform the preparation of the Environmental Statement which forms part of the official planning application."